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Mit seinen wissenschaftlichen Veranstaltungen versucht das Wiener Wiesenthal Institut für Holocaust-Studien (VWI) die neuesten Ergebnisse im Bereich der Holocaust-, Genozid- und Rassismusforschung einem breiteren ebenso wie einem ausgewiesenen Fachpublikum regelmäßig näher zu bringen. Die unterschiedlichen Formate dieser über einen engen Wissenschaftsbegriff hinausweisenden Veranstaltungen, die von in einem kleinen Rahmen gehaltenen gehaltenen Vorträgen, den Simon Wiesenthal Lectures über für ein Fachpublikum interessante Workshops bis zu großen internationalen Tagungen, den Simon Wiesenthal Conferences reichen, spiegeln das breite Tätigkeitsfeld des Instituts wider.

 

Präsentationen von ausgewählten Neuerscheinungen zu den einschlägigen Themen des Instituts, Interventionen im öffentlichen Raum, die Filmreihe VWI Visuals und die Fachkolloquien der Fellows runden die Palette der Veranstaltungen des Instituts weiter ab.

 

 

 

VWI invites/goes to...
Sari J. Siegel: Changing Circumstances, Shifting Approaches: Jewish Prisoner-Physicians in Nazi Concentration and Forced Labour Camps
   

Mittwoch, 20. Mai 2015, 15:00 - 16:30

Josephinum, 1090 Wien, Währinger Straße 25

 

VWI goes to the Josephinum

 

Although they are relatively absent from Holocaust historiography, Jewish prisoner-physicians served as functionaries at Auschwitz-Birkenau and concentration and forced labour camps throughout the "Greater German Reich," thereby playing a significant yet under-researched role in the Nazis' exploitation and attempted annihilation of European Jewry between 1938 and 1945. These Jewish men and women who utilised their medical training in camps' Häftlings-krankenbauten and Reviere facilitated Nazi goals to varying extents and in a multitude of ways.

 

Verzeichnis-der-im-lagerbetrieb-beschaeftigten-haeftlingeVerzeichnis der im Lagerbetrieb beschäftigten Häftlinge, K.L. Mauthausen Arbeitskommando "S.-Kalksteinbergwerk" [Ebensee], 30.6.1944 (Courtesy of the Archive of the Mauthausen Memorial)

Bringing together findings from eight months of archival research in Austria, Germany, and Poland, this presentation offers insight into the Jewish prisoner-physicians' activities and their attempts to preserve their own lives while honouring their oath to do no harm. It draws particular attention to behavioural shifts in response to dynamic contexts—on both immediate and more distant levels. The former category includes fluctuations in the availability of medicines, medical supplies, and food, as well as in the severity and nature of epidemics, while the latter highlights variables such as the German war economy and the Third Reich's military fortunes on the battlefield.

 

Such dynamic factors reveal the limitations of Primo Levi's "grey zone" model for prisoner-functionary behaviour and demand, instead, a coercion-resistance spectrum—a model that emphasises changes in behaviour and thus encourages us to contemplate fluctuations in conditions, which are, despite their being central aspects of life (and death) in the camps, often overlooked.

 

Comments by Herwig Czech


Sari J. Siegel is a Junior Fellow at the VWI and a doctoral candidate at the University of Southern California. She was the American recipient of the 2014 IfZ-USHMM Exchange of Scholars Award and holds a 2014-15 Kagan Fellowship in Advanced Shoah Studies. Treating an Auschwitz Prisoner-Physician: The Case of Dr. Maximilian Samuel appears in the current issue of Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

 

Herwig Czech is Research Fellow at the Documentation Centre of Austrian Resistance (DÖW).

 

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